ARTH 160 — Iconic Artworks of Antiquity
On each evening of our chronological journey, a handful of treasured artworks will be brought to life as incarnations of the social, cultural, political, and aesthetic values of the civilization that created them. Canonical objects we will discuss include the Law Code Stele of Hammurabi, from Mesopotamia; the Rosetta Stone and Great Pyramids of Egypt; figural sculpture such as the Doryphoros of ancient Greece as well as the Parthenon and other temples of the Athenian Acropolis; and portrait sculpture and the monumental public works like the Colosseum and Arch of Constantine created by the ancient Romans.
This is the first course of the four-course series, “Iconic Artworks.” This series includes courses on “Ancient Art” (Fall 2018), “Medieval Art ” (Spring 2019), “Renaissance Art ” (Fall 2019), and “Modern Art ” (Spring 2020). While these courses build upon one another, each course can be taken independently as well.